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African Nations Report Fewer Deaths from COVID Than Other Countries

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During the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, several countries in Africa were praised for controlling the pandemic by implementing traditional public health strategies to contain the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, despite having underdeveloped and fragile public heath systems. With a population of more than one billion people, the African continent appears to have been […]

Tanzanian Government Skeptical About Safety of COVID-19 Vaccines

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On Feb 2, 2021, Tanzania’s health minister, Dorothy Gwajima, announced that her country has no plans in place to recommend widespread use of COVID-19 vaccines in the African country.1 The announcement came a few days after Tanzania’s President John Magufuli expressed concern about the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines developed and manufactured in Western […]

WHO: Polio Outbreak in Sudan Caused by Oral Polio Vaccine

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The World Health Organization (WHO) recently reported that a new poliovirus outbreak in Sudan is linked to an ongoing string of vaccine strain polio outbreaks in Africa caused by continued use of the live attenuated oral polio vaccine (OPV).1 On Aug. 9, 2020, the Federal Ministry of Health in Sudan notified the WHO of the […]

African Swine Fever Vaccine May Worsen Outbreaks of the Disease in Pigs

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Story Highlights Chinese researchers announced that they have developed a vaccine for African swine fever. Currently, there are multiple outbreaks of African swine fever in pig populations in Asia and in many countries in the European Union. Other researchers have argued that fast tracking an African swine fever vaccine can worsen outbreaks, particularly when using […]

Kenya Launches Malaria Vaccine Pilot Program

Kenya has become the third African country, along with Ghana and Malawi, to launch a pilot program for the world’s first malaria vaccine, Mosquirix, which has been developed by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). The vaccine is available to children from six months of age in specific locations in Kenya due to its phased pilot introduction.1 2 Malaria […]

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